Centre is reportedly planning to strip medals and honous conferred on the IPS officers who participated in the three-day-long ‘dharna’ or ‘sit-in protest’ with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, which she ended on Tuesday. The Union government has also decided to bar the said officers from central deputation, sources said.
Taking a dim view of serving officers of uniformed forces taking part in the dharna organised by a political party, the Ministry of Home Affairs has reportedly asked the West Bengal government to take action against such officers.
The Home Ministry’s letter to the state government was reportedly sent after West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi submitted his report to the Centre on the standoff between Mamata Banerjee government and the CBI.
The officers under scanner are: Virendra (1985 cadre), DGP W.B, Vineet Kumar Goel(1994 cadre), ADG, Director, Security, Anuj Sharma (1991 cadre) ADG L&O, Gyanwant Singh (1993 cadre), CP, Bidhannagar, Supratim Sarkar(1997 cadre) CP.
The Centre’s directive to the state government to pull up the “delinquent” officers is likely to escalate the tension between the Centre and the Mamata Banerjee government as the order is likely to impact most of the top-ranking officers of the state police.
Previously, the Rajnath Singh-led Ministry of Home Affairs had earlier ordered the West Bengal government to take action against Kolkata Commissioner of Police, Rajeev Kumar, for violating the All India Service (Conduct) Rules by sitting on a ‘dharna’ organised by CM and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.
Banerjee had launched a sit-in protest near the Metro Channel in Kolkata on Sunday against the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team’s bid to question the Kolkata top cop, Rajeev Kumar, in connection with the Saradha chit fund and Rose Valley financial scandal.
The West Bengal CM, who got backing from several opposition parties over the course of the next three days, decided to call off her protest on Tuesday after the Supreme Court ordered that CBI not to take coercive action against Kumar and also asked the Kolkata Commissioner of Police to appear before the CBI and cooperate in its probe.